John Byrne

John Byrne
John Byrne's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): RTÉ (Ireland)
Publications: RTÉ (Ireland)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 70% Trolls World Tour (2020) With all of us under lockdown, this is pretty much a pitch-perfect family film. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) In short, it's a gem. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3.5/5 87% Emma. (2020) It's all very agreeable in that Sunday evening period drama kind of way, and if you're looking for an ideal introduction to this much-loved tale, here it is. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Ultimately, it's a series of fight scenes rather than a story. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
4.5/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) It's an absolute joy to watch, and I would recommend it anyone who could do with putting a smile on their face. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3.5/5 20% The Grudge (2020) [D]espite it being highly derivative, it was also very enjoyable in a blood-soaked Scooby-Doo kind of way, with lots of look out behind you and jump-scary moments. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life looks fantastic, the acting is impressive - but as a slice of storytelling it's almost stubbornly protracted, and offers little insight into Jägerstätter's act of martyrdom. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/5 53% 21 Bridges (2019) It's that sort of film: good but not great. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) First up, don't let the fact that this film is about motor-racing put you off. I have zero interest in cars and I loved it. Le Mans '66 is far too good to be pigeonholed 'for petrol heads only'. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4.5/5 87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) If you don't come out of Sorry We Missed You with either a lump in your throat or a clenched fist, you're made of stone. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 67% Dark Lies the Island (2019) It all adds up to a deliciously Fargo-esque delight that can't end well. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Okay, while I wouldn't be placing this sequel to 2014's Maleficent anywhere near my top five (or even ten) Disney offerings, it looks amazing and the story is a pretty straightforward and enjoyable tale with a topical twist. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 82% Judy (2019) Unfortunately, her performance only highlights the flaws in this film. [Zellweger's] easily the best thing about it. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 42% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) It sounds daft - and it is - but if you sit back and accept Don't Let Go on its own merits, you'll get an enjoyable psychological thriller with a strong cast that will keep you engrossed. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3.5/5 65% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) It's all a bit Harry Potter, really, which is both unnecessary and about a decade too late. But it is fun. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/5 62% The Informer (2020) This yarn might not be in the queue for any Oscar action next year, but if you're looking to be entertained for a couple of hours and like your drama tough and tattoo-tastic, The Informer ticks all the boxes. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) There's life in the old doll yet. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This is pretty much a perfect Peter Parker pic. It's certainly one of the most enjoyable solo superhero adventures I've seen in years, and at just over two hours it rattles along at a nice pace. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3.5/5 22% Dark Phoenix (2019) X-Men: Dark Phoenix is basically a remake of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, but it's still good fun - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 82% High Life (2019) Effortlessly arthouse (Cryptic? Check! Slow-moving? Check! Nudity that couldn't possibly be gratuitous? Check!), this will not be everyone's cup of space dust, but it might make you ponder the chaotic futility of existence. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 29% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan is a pretty decent shot at a spy tale, based on novel that was itself inspired by a true story that's straight out of Deighton or Le Carré. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 87% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2020) If you're not a football fan you shouldn't disregard The Keeper. This isn't a sport film as such - it's the compelling story of a truly remarkable man. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Now here's an absolute treat. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 34% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen is a truly unique and inspiring story that doesn't take the easy route of painting Hogancamp in some saintly manner. It's also got quite a strong Marmite factor. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) This is the kind of film that gives me hope for the human race. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) I can't recall the last time I left a cinema feeling so satisfied. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a compelling tale that's told with great energy and self-righteous anger, thanks largely to the deft skills of director George Tillman Jr. You get the impression that everyone involved in this film feels passionately about the subject matter. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4.5/5 87% First Man (2018) First Man is a pretty singular, thoroughly enjoyable and compelling experience. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Meeting (2018) Alan Gilsenan's latest film is a tough but very rewarding watch. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
5/5 100% Older Than Ireland (2016) Older Than Ireland is peppered with wise words, great memories, plenty of humour, a lot of energy and - cue the Kleenex - one of the saddest true stories I've ever heard. If you're not moved by this film, you're not human. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 80% Alpha (2018) Oddly enough, this works. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4.5/5 52% Equalizer 2 (2018) Denzel Washington's in rattling form. But when is he ever not? - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It's all outrageously enjoyable and so expertly put together, I couldn't be bothered outlining any more of the story. Just go see. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
5/5 90% Studio 54 (2018) The historical footage is remarkable, and you can really get a feel for the venue - not just in terms of its vibe of freedom, expression and casual sex, but also in terms of the sheer audacity and scale of the venue, a former theatre and TV studio. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) I've rarely left a cinema feeling so disappointed. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Anyone who goes to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looking for a good time in the dark with some dinosaurs is in for a treat. It's outrageously entertaining and an excellent addition to the dinosty. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/5 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) The big problem I have with this film is that I don't get the 'I'm ugly' shtick. By any barometer other than the barmiest of body fascism, Amy Schumer is a very attractive woman. And if you think she's fat, well then you're stupid. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is, ultimately, a jaw-dropping game-changer. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/5 63% Peter Rabbit (2018) And the real magic here is the remarkable job done in terms of the CGI. It's ridiculously good. At this point, you don't even notice the blend of animation and real-lifers. It's seamless. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Tomb Raider is damn good fun, and Alicia Vikander is just brilliant in everything she does. So there. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3.5/5 42% Den of Thieves (2018) Surprisingly, Den of Thieves is a lot better than the hopelessly generic title suggests, and I ended up enjoying it, despite my aversion to monosyllabic gym bunny blam-blam. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4.5/5 88% The Post (2018) The Post is a gripping yarn. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Go. Enjoy. Smile. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) As formation movies go, this was hugely enjoyable and the ten-year-old me left the cinema looking forward to the next JL escapade. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/5 80% No Stone Unturned (2017) It doesn't always work - some moments are a bit overcooked for comfort - but the results are pretty devastating, if at least closing some emotional doors for those scarred and bereaved by a night when death called to a small country pub. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/5 85% Patti Cake$ (2017) [Patti Cake$] is a bit of a mixed bag. While the genre is as old as Hollywood itself, first-time writer/director Geremy Jasper has brought some new vision to the old 'search for stardom' set-up. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/5 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) As animated children's films go, this one's pretty okay. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/5 43% Hampstead (2019) What it lacks in a script that's also painfully 'right-on' is compensated by a fine cast in a quirky and charming piece of cinematic souffle with Keaton and Gleeson in sparkling form. It's fun. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/5 68% The Journey (2017) It's all nonsense, really, but it's a bit of fun too. More of a pleasant distraction than politically insightful, and Toby Stephens is so convincing as Tony Blair that I almost felt my blood boiling all over again. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 92% Mindhorn (2016) Mindhorn is okay, but it should've been an awful lot better. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017